Courses at Ayrshire College

Foundation Apprenticeship - Engineering

Campus Attendance Start Date
Kilmarnock
08: Other Part-time Day Course 12-Jun-2017 Book

LOCAL AUTHORITY

East Ayrshire

Open to pupils across Ayrshire

LOCATION/DAY/TIME

Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday/Thursday 2pm – 5pm

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR

The Foundation Apprenticeship (FA) in Engineering aims to give pupils the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to enter into a career in Engineering and the Advanced Manufacturing sector and other Engineering related industries. The programme is designed to provide participants with theory, practice and related work experience. The FA in Engineering is aimed at pupils in S5 and S6 and will take 2 years to complete. It also contributes directly to achievement of the Modern Apprenticeship in Engineering by attainment of the core units of the MA qualification..

WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT

Year 1 : In S5 pupils will attend College on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and are expected to work towards their identified Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) level 2 units (SCQF level 5) and also a proportion of the core or restricted core units from an Engineering related National Certificate (NC) at SCQF level 6. Other activities in S5 will include introducing pupils to the employer context in which engineering roles exist and how engineering skills are utilised in the workplace; this will involve industrial visits to employers and talks from industry professionals.

Year 2 In S6 pupils will attend college on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. Pupils will complete any outstanding Performing Engineering Operations (PEO) units (SCQF Level 5) 5 units including 3 mandatory, and the remainder of any core / restricted core and optional units for the chosen National Certificate programme. The majority of work-related experience will be gained in S6 through a work placement and/or an industry challenge. The work-based competence units will be delivered and assessed in the workplace.

This course provides a basic requirement for a Modern Apprenticeship. Students will learn vocational skills in Engineering.Units include:

 

  • Producing Components Using Hand Fitting Techniques
  • Producing Mechanical Engineering Drawings Using a CAD System
  • Wiring and Testing Electrical Equipment and Circuits
  • Mechanical Engineering Principles
  • Engineering Materials
  • CAD for Engineers
  • Health and Safety: Engineering>

WHAT DO I NEED

Qualifications

Candidates should have, or be working towards, National 5 Mathematics at the start of S5. A Physics qualification would be useful also. Candidates will be interviewed on an individual basis and need to demonstrate a desire to learn new skills and a commitment to consistent and full attendance.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED

Assessments are a mixture of practical, which focus on the attainment of new skills as and when you acquire them, and theoretical. Assessment is on an ongoing basis.

NEXT STEPS

At the end of the 2 years you will complete a combination of Performing Engineering Operations units and an NC Engineering incorporating work placement, achieving a Foundation Apprenticeship in Engineering. You could progress to an HNC in Engineering or into employment or a Modern Apprenticeship.

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STEM - Engineering and Science

aeronautical

Aeronautics is a prestigious and high profile industry which develops and manufactures a broad range of products, systems and equipment. It also comprises maintenance and service companies which carry out repair, training or other activities linked to the different products.

Work in the aerospace sector can be technically fascinating and the opportunities are very wide-ranging: from cutting edge research to servicing engines.

Our courses offer good opportunities for progression to University and employment. We have strong links with many Aeronautical employers creating opportunities for employment such as Spirit Aerosystems.

engineering and renewables

Scotland has a world-renowned reputation for engineering and are at the cutting-edge of engineering developments. Engineers design, create, test and improve all sorts of products and processes. The industry offers a sustainable and exciting career in a number of sectors including space, aviation, transport, medicine, technology, food, fashion and construction. 

Employers are crying out for qualified engineers. It's estimated that Scotland needs 2,500 new engineers every year.

Our Engineering courses include; electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, fabrication and welding and wind turbine technology. We are now developing composite awareness, manufacture inspection and repair techniques into our aeronautical and wind turbine courses.

We have strong partnerships with well-known Ayrshire employers and many previous students have progressed on to employment, self-employment and also apprenticeships within local, national and worldwide organisations.

science

The life sciences industry is thriving. Scotland has a highly skilled workforce in this vibrant industry. Our pioneering research coupled with near-by hospitals, drug clinics and world-renowned organisations means in Scotland you can truly collaborate, bring new concepts to life and life-changing products to market.

The development of new technologies and scientific advances has created new career opportunities in biomedical laboratory work, environmental science and scientific research. From hands-on scientist, technologist and researchers to CEOs, and sales and marketing, there’s exciting opportunities at every level.

Previous students are now studying at university, teaching, working in NHS laboratories and employed as Environmental Health Officers, paramedics and midwives. We are currently training modern apprentices for blue chip companies such as GSK and AvantiCell.

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Spirit Aerosystems' apprentice Anna Manson allows us to gain an insight into her daily work routine. 

 

 

 

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"I was really impressed with the facilities and after seeing the 'Bulldog' I just knew that Aircraft Engineering was the right path for me. I joined the NC Aeronautical Engineering.

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"I would recommend the College to anyone who wants to improve their life. If they need some security, some stability, then there’s the opportunity here to change qualifications and start a new life. It happened with me and I’m really happy."

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"I’ve got a place at university this year. I’ll be going into 3rd year at the University of the West of Scotland which is two days at Ayr and one day in Paisley. I’ll be doing that for the next two years at least as depending on how that goes I might continue to do my Masters.

"Where I work in the industry after that doesn’t really bother me – I would like to travel about. This job is good for that, so I’ll just see where it takes me."

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"Although the metalwork is great fun I’d say the electrical work is my favourite part of the course. But also meeting new people and having that extra responsibility. It’s great – I love everything about it really." 

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I think the skills that they learn at Ayrshire College benefit them within the workplace. The breadth of knowledge and the practical experience that they gain at the college certainly sets them up well for the world of work.”

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“Over the last two academic years 120 students have been placed in apprenticeships with our partners. This continues to improve our great relations with local employers and improve the skills gaps between the College and local businesses.”

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At Ayrshire College we understanding how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce.  Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. 

Short Course Range

  •        Iosh Working Safely
  •        Iosh Managing Safely
  •        Composite Awareness
  •        Bulldog Aircraft Maintenance
  •        Abrasive Wheels
  •        AutoCAD

We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you.  Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.

Our Engineering and Science short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you.  Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 option 4 to discuss your training requirements.